WVUP will cut jobs to reduce costs. Late yesterday afternoon, President Fletcher Lamkin sent an email to the campus community stating that several faculty and staff were notified that their positions will be eliminated as of May 31.
Lamkin said the cuts come in response to reductions in state appropriations. He said the college has worked hard to stabilize enrollment and cut expenses, but these actions were not sufficient to fill the looming budget gap.
Lamkin did not explain how much of a budget deficit the college is looking to recover or how many positions would be cut in response.
“I am saddened that we need to make these decisions,” Lamkin said. “I want to thank those who are impacted for their service to this institution in support of our community.”
WVUP’s leadership came under criticism last year for selling downtown property which was granted to the school for use as a culinary school. In December, the WVUP Foundation took on the responsibility of caring for the Stephenson mansion on Seventh Street – a historic property deeded to the foundation which will require extensive renovations and maintenance.
Last week, the university unveiled its latest construction project – a one-stop student services center consolidating admissions, registration and financial aid. .